Thursday, February 04, 2010

A show that weirds me out a bit.

I don't watch a lot of TV — sure, I tape* and watch Stewart and Colbert practically religiously, and Sunday nights usually find me watching goofy animated shows from Fox, but aside from those (and the odd Simpsons rerun), I'd rather be stapling my scroat to an angry badger than watch most of what's on that infernal box.

I have, however, been watching the odd episode of Community, which is really funny. The humour is pretty snappy, Chevy Chase is well-suited to be a pervy old dude and, perhaps most importantly, it doesn't feature either Ray Romano or Charlie Sheen. If you're not familiar with the premise, there's this group of seven diverse people attending a community college who have a study group (in which they don't do a whole lot of studying, natch, because actual studying makes for awful TV). Interpersonal relationships bloom and such, wacky characters float in and out, and hilarity generally ensues.

The problem I have with it is that most of the characters are far past the age of regular college/university students. Granted, you do get people who are on their second and third careers who go back to school to re-train for other stuff, but are they really going to have all these typically-undergraduate experiences like hanging out and watching bad movies together? I don't think a 19-year-old kid is going to be in the same social group as the oft-divorced 60-something character Chase plays; she has her own, similarly-aged friends to hang out with (I would hope).

It reminds me of the show Boston Public, a show about teachers which started just after I began teaching. At first it was kinda cool, a show centered around teachers — but then it really started to grate on me that, hey, it isn't all that realistic, because it doesn't show all the stupid mundane crap I have to go through every day so I can, very occasionally, have one of those made-for-TV moments that TV, curiously, revels in.

So, in conclusion, the show's pretty funny, but I feel a little weird watching it.
* Yeah, I still got a VCR. Use it all the time, too. Suck it, new inventions!

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